Wellstead Primary School set to ‘Park and Stride’

The Mayor of Eastleigh, Councillor Tony Noyce joined pupils of Wellstead Primary School in Hedge End to celebrate the launch of a new “Park and Stride” route to school from the newly constructed Dowd’s Farm community car park.

Park and Stride is an Eastleigh Borough Council initiative that aims to encourage parents and children who live too far away from the school to walk the entire journey, to park at the Dowd’s Farm Community Car Park and walk the remainder of the journey. One of the aims of the Park and Stride scheme is to reduce parking problems and congestion on roads around the school in Dowd’s Farm.

The new car park, which is managed by Hedge End Town Council, has been created thanks to funding from the Hedge End, West End & Botley Local Area Committee. The new car park is also intended to provide additional visitor car parking for Dowd’s Farm Park, and for people visiting local residents.

Mayor of Eastleigh Cllr Tony Noyce said,

“The route from this new car park to the school takes only three minutes to walk along a traffic-free route through Dowd’s Farm Park and helps parents avoid parking and traffic issues on roads nearer the school. It also allows children to get a little exercise before arriving at school.”

This initiative is one area where Wellstead School have been working with Eastleigh Borough Council to develop their school Travel Plan. School Travel Plan initiatives encourage more children to walk, cycle and use public transport to travel to school.

For more information about School Travel Plans in Eastleigh Borough, please contact Richard Pemberton on 023 8068 8280.